Unlocking the secrets of Ireland’s ancient sacred landscapes and stone circles

Geoff Ward
12 min readAug 26, 2023
Summer solstice sunrise between the Paps of Keecragh mountain-tops at the Ardgroom Outward stone circle on the Beara peninsula, south-west Ireland. Photo: Geoff Ward.

New research suggests the stone circles of Co Cork and Co Kerry were planned as solar monuments constructed for prehistoric fertility rituals involving sunrise ‘shadow dramas’ symbolising a ‘marriage of the gods’

The deep mysteries of the stone circles of south-west Ireland are being unravelled by the archaeologist, meteorologist…

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Geoff Ward

Writer, journalist, book editor, poet, musician and tutor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature).